The Michigan Daily
Vol. LXXXVI, No. 69-S Ann Arbor, Michigan-Tuesday, August 17, 1976 Ten Cents Twelve Pages
Black gangs hit Cobo Hall
DETROIT (UPI) - Gangs of black
youths terrorized rock fans in down-
town Detroit Sunday night, forcing their
way into a concert at Cobo Hall and
beating and robbing members of the
The violence then spread outside,
where at least one woman was raped
repeatedly on a sidewalk, several per-
sons were assaulted and robbed and
two stores were broken into.
FORTY-SEVEN youths, six of them
juveniles, were arrested and jailed on
charges ranging from larcency to arm-
In response to the incident, Deputy
Mayor William Beckham Jr., speaking
for vacationing Mayor Coleman Young,
announced yesterday that the city would
call back 450 laid-off police officers.
"We're going to take the city back-
beginning now," he said.
ACCORDING TO Beckham, most of
the officers being called back to duty
will be assigned to combat the gang
violence and get the prostitutes and their
pimps off the street. Only a few, he
said, will be assigned to precinct duty.
A 10 p.m. curfew already in effect for
juveniles will be vigorously enforced,
The trouble began at about 8 p.m.
Sunday when about 200 youths stormed
the doors at Cobo Hall and forced their
way into the concert by the "Kool and
the Gang" and the "Average White
THE YOUTHS, identified by witnesses
as members of black East Side gangs
known as the Black Killers and Errol
Flynns, beat people in the audience
with chairs and robbed them.
Officers did not intervene until the vio-
lence spilled onto the streets, a police
spokesperson said, because Cobo Hall's
security detail did not ask for their as-
ONE WITNESS complained there
were "nowhere near enough security
guards" around during the concert.
Nash said several assaults were re-
See GANGS, Page 5
Ford 3 votes from win
By staff and NP
KANSAS CITY, Mo.-Republicans staged the ceremonial open-
ing of their 31st National Convention last night, their keynote
speaker denouncing Democrats for "rattling the dusty old skele-
tons of Watergate" while President Ford and Ronald Reagan
corted delegates and matched strategies in the closest presidential
contest of the times.
Ford's strength totunted to within three votes of a nominating
majority in The AP count of delegate commitments and publicly
A PROCESSION of speakers paraded to the plitform at the
sweltering convention hall, figures from the Republican past,
would-be leaders of the Republican future. Their vows of victory
and calls for unity were a fragile facade for the struggle that
raged on in the political trenches.
At times, it showed through. Rival rooting sections, in the
stands and on the floor, matched chants of "We Want Ford" and
"We Want Reagan."
Rockefeller, Goldwater, Landon, the leaders and losers of
campaigns past, marched to the rostrum in turn.
BUT '1TE STAR of the show was keynote speaker and 'tennes-
seT Senator Howard Baker, who last night blasted tite Democatic
Party for being the party of big government and for what he called
its failure to trust the people.
With attacks aimed directly at Dciittratic presidential can-
didate Jimmy (arter, Baker said, "The isste this year isn't virtue.
It isn't love, or patriotism, or compassion. The issue this year is
how much government is too much government."
He added that, despite Carter's anti-Wishingto image, "'the
Carter-Mondale politics will be more of the same: more pro-
grams, more promises, more controls, more spending, more t"Ixes
and more government."
VICE PRESIDENT Nelson Rockefeller applauds as he stands in the New York delegation during
the first session of the 1976 Republican National Convention in Kansas City yesterday.
ALL TERMED 'MAJOR':
"JIMMY CARTER, who talks
Asia hit by 3 quakes
TOKYO 0I') - Three major earthquakes
struck Asia yesterday in a two-hour per-
iod -- in central China, The Philippines
No reports on damage or casualties were
available from China or Indonesia. In The
Philippines the National Geophysical Ob-
servatory said no damages had been re-
ported yet from the Philippine quake.
hua news agency remained silent on the
Chinese earthquake several hours after it
had been reported by Western observator-
Seismic reporting station said the Chi-
nese quake, measured at up to 7.3 on the
Richter scale, was centered near the Kan-
su - Szechwan province boundary in cen-
tral China, 600 to 700 miles west-southwest
of Peking and far from the northeast China
area devastated by a quake last month.
The National Earthquake Information
Center in Golden, Colo., reported a tremor
measuring 8.0 on the Richter scale in the
Moro Gulf of the southern Philippines,
about 560 miles south of Manila, near Min-
danao, the southernmost large Philippine
THE PHILIPPINES National Geophysi-
cal Observatory reported the quake at 6 on
the Rossi-Forel scale, an arbitrary scale
registering from 1 - a barely perceptible
quake - to 10 for an earthquake of the
highest intensity. The obsel-vatory said the
epicenter was estimated somewhere in
the Sulu Sea between The Philippines and
the island of Borneo or about 460 miles
south of Manila.
The Seismological Institue in Uppsala,
Sweden, reported a powerful quake, mea-
suring 8.1 on the Richter scale, in an area
between New Guinea and Halmahera Is-
land in the Moluccas, an island group in
See 3, Page 2
iabout running aginst Wasiing-
ton," Baker said, "is the numi-
nee otf the party, whic'h h's
created more than 1,000new
federal programs and planned
them so poorly that they made
Washington sound like a dirty
Baker continued, calling for
limited government bureauc-
"That is the heart of the Re-
publican idea: that the place to
put our faith is in the people
themselves. The government in
Washington should legislate less
and listen more."
HE ADDED, "The Demtcrats
start with government. We start
with the people."
In the first mention of Water-
gate at the Convention, Baker
chided the Democrats for trying
to make Watergate a campaign
issue, saying they had failed to
learn the lesson which the Re-
"They can shake those skele-
tons until the bones fall o-tt, but
See FORD, Page 7